“1And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David. 2But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself: 3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee. 4And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good: 5For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause? 6And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.” (I Samuel 19:1-6)
Again today, my heart was blessed as I saw a picture of Christ in Jonathan’s life. King Saul had determined that David should die. However, the king’s son Jonathan stood as a mediator between David and the king and, for a season, turned away his father’s wrath against David.
The King of kings had determined that all sinners should die. David did not deserve death at Saul’s hand, but I deserved death at the hand of the heavenly King. However, the King’s Son, Jesus Christ, stood as mediator between God and me. By His shed blood, He pled for my salvation, and by His resurrection, He ever lives to make intercession for me. Christ paid the penalty of death that I deserve, thus turning away the hand of God from executing the death penalty. And God will never change His mind as Saul did his.
~J. L. T. Y.